Questions are the keys to conversation. It’s a tricky area due to the use of auxiliaries in English. We usually structure the question in English in the following way;
Question word / Auxiliary / Subject / Verb / Object or Complement
The person speaking in the clip has a standard south of England accent, well, that which you’d come across in and around the Greater London area anyway. Pay particular attention to the pronunciation (or non-pronunciation) of the ‘r’ after vowel sounds. You can see from the dictionary links with phonetics that the American dictionary includes the /r/ sound yet the British version includes it as an option (r). I’ve marked some examples under the video itself. You can check those against US pronunciation of the same word.
Click on the ‘pronunciation’ button beside the phonetic text when the dictionary opens.
Ever wondered (have / you / ever wondered) where a question might take you? UK /ˈwʌndə/ – US /ˈwʌndər/
I suppose Happy New Year would be a good place to start seeing asit’s the first post of 2012. So it’s back to school time again and I’ve been thinking about the blog and content. Having done a few lessons and having had contact with some students, I was thinking about the theme of reflection, particularly with reference tolanguage acquisition and use. The start of the year usually means the start of the running season..running for work..running for family..running for sport…running to get to English lessons on time.
Before we start running again, take a moment to think about your English. Are you happy with your level? Do you think you can improve? How can you improve? How can you develop fluency? How can you improve your comprehension? How can you be more precise? Is your teacher pushing you to be more fluent and more precise? Is your teacher helping you to realise your ideal of where your English should be at? If not, why not? What are your specific language objectivesthis year?
Have a think about the questions above, try and answer them and discussthem with your teacher. Tell him/her what you want and be realisticabout how you can achievethose goals.